Posted By Cruise Market Watch ~ 25th December 2008
Miami (Cruise Market Watch) Thursday, December 25 2008, 5:30 a.m. - A photographer responded to two calls of reported Santa Claus sightings onboard the Carnival Destiny, early Thursday morning. After thoroughly checking the area, deputies who were dispatched to the Port of Miami were unable to locate Santa Claus at that time. The cruisers who spotted Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle or simply "Santa” indicated he was headed back to the North Pole lead by his team of eight flying reindeer.
Destiny passengers and crew commented they were pleased by the unexpected visit, explaining they assumed having been returning to port late Christmas Eve Santa would not be able to locate them. As one cruise traveler put it “he knows when you are sleeping, and he knows when you're awake, it’s frankly amazing.” Kitchen staff noted a half gallon of milk and at least one dozen cookies had gone mysteriously missing.
Later that same morning the Monroe County Sheriff's Station received additional Santa sighting calls near Key Largo, Florida. Deputies quickly responded and located Santa Claus on the rooftop of a local residence. The deputies were able to track Santa Claus near the neighborhoods for more than twenty minutes, before eventually losing site of him across the Atlantic Ocean south of Tavernier.
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